Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ruskin On Gothic Sculpture/Sculptors

"This character follows necessarily on its extreme love of truth, prevailing over the sense of beauty, and causing it to take delight in portraiture of every kind, and to express the various characters of the human countenance and form, as it did the varieties of leaves and ruggedness of branches. And this tendency is both increased and ennobled by the same Christian humility we saw expressed in the first character of Gothic work, its rudeness. For as that resulted from a humility which confessed the imperfection of the workman, so this naturalist portraiture is rendered more faithful by the humility which confesses the imperfection of the subject."

-- The Stones Of Venice

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